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On the 23rd day of September, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osibanjo touched down at Ibom International Airport, on a two day working visit. First, he came to join millions of Akwa Ibom indigenes and friends to celebrate 30 years of the State’s creation and also use the moments to commission life touching projects executed by the Governor Udom Emmanuel administration.
On his first official assignment in Akwa Ibom State , Prof Yemi Osibanjo made a pronouncement that marveled many in the opposition flank, who never expected such commendation from an All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftain to a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor .As part of activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the states creation, a 400 million capacity a year, Syringe manufacturing company was to be commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osibanjo.
The Vice President who was perceptibly overjoyed with Governor Udom Emmanuel for his sagacity in drawing such economically viable project, said “you are one of the cleverest people I’ve ever come across.”He described the syringe factory as a revolutionary project, not just for the State, but Africa , adding that, “it is a game changer for the Nigeria ,” as it marked local production of all syringes in the country and applauded the Governor for his novelty and inventiveness.
In this article, I will attempt to explain deeply, why the Vice President of Nigeria could say Governor Udom Emmanuel is the cleverest leader he had ever come across.
Truly, his assessment was borne from a deep knowledge of investment. That in investing and making more profit green areas supersedes all other sectors.
And what is green areas in investment? THESE are sectors that we don’t have any investors in the region investing in and the products are needed massively and the source of getting it, is only through importation from other countries .
The setting up of the foreign Direct Investment technical committee by Governor Udom Emmanuel, which was among his first assignments as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, was a visionary stride. The Committees major assignment is to research, evaluate and attract investment that will bring higher economic benefits to the State and Nigeria as a whole.
Adams Smith says to be successful, you must be clever to see what others don’t see, and you must be able to see openings that others are blind to . Leonardo da Vinci added that, ‘a clever man without wisdom is like a beautiful flower without fragrance.’
So Governor Udom Emmanuel is that cleverest leader who is able to see the openings others don’t see , and being a clever man, he has the wisdom enable him to detect the best investment to venture into .
Jubilee syringes is the first syringe manufacturing company in Nigeria and the second in Africa, after that of South Africa. It is trite to note that Nigeria is losing huge dollars daily through importation and there must be deliberate efforts by all to stop it.
Nigeria as a country needs a minimum of twenty billion syringes annually to be able to stop importation of the products , and Africa as continent needs more than five hundred trillion syringes annually .
Governor Udom Emmanuel’s prowess to attract such viable investments is a proof that, he is knowledgeable, wise, sagacious; brainy and is a genius,. So Professor Osibanjo’s credence to him was not a political flattery, but a crucial assessment .
Another look at another investment that is one of the reason Prof Osibanjo qualified Governor Udom Emmanuel as the cleverest leader is his investment in the metering company. Nigeria as a country needs over one hundred million electric meters .
And to have accurate gas and electricity bills,meters are important factor for business. Without regular meter readings, energy companies estimate usage and if more is charged than has been used, businesses can find themselves with large, unexpected bills. This can be a real problem for businesses, especially when businesses switch gas and electricity suppliers.
Ensuring that you take regular meter readings and give these to your energy supplier is an easy way of reducing the chance of getting unexpected bills and finding yourself in debt.
The Akwa Ibom Metering solution Company produces single phase and three phase electricity meters in various configurations and mountings, light weight, slim skeletal, compact meters for pole top installation, prepayment type meters, split type electricity meters, standard one unit electricity meters, bulk electricity meters, maximum demand meters and smart electricity meters.
The national Assembly have energy providers in Nigeria stop estimated billing and provides meters to subscribers.
Governor Udom Emmanuel’s investment in virgin sector, is to give the State more financial gains and employ both the skill and unskilled job seekers in the State .while creating wealth and boosting the GDP of Nigeria.
Governor Udom Emmanuel is a complete Christian ,whose only trust is God. The bible in Proverbs 2:6-7 says For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
So whatever Governor Udom Emmanuel has been able to achieve, it is God’s grace upon his life and this is what makes him to radiate with much wisdom that wrought wonders. Truly, he is that Cleverest Governor Prof Osibanjo saw in Akwa Ibom State .